Detectives working on a whiteboardEmbezzlement is a crime federal prosecutors take very seriously.

If you or someone you know has been accused of embezzlement, it’s important to hire a white collar defense attorney who can protect your rights. Our team of South Florida embezzlement lawyers have helped many clients facing hefty federal embezzlement allegations.

What is a Federal Embezzlement Crime? 

Embezzlement is a white collar crime and described as a person who steals or misappropriates money or property from an employer or business partner. Embezzlement is different from fraud or larceny because the embezzler has permission to handle the money or property in a certain way but can not take it. The embezzler uses their position of trust given by the owner to convert money or property into their possession and control. 

Florida defines embezzlement as the unlawful misappropriation by an offender to his/her own use or purpose of money, property, or some other thing of value entrusted to his/her care, custody, or control. 

(Florida Statutes Title XLVI. Crimes § 812.012)

As our Fort Lauderdale attorneys can explain, federal embezzlement charges can relate to embezzlement of a bank officer or bank employee, embezzlement from an employee benefit plan, embezzlement from employment and training funds, or even embezzlement in connection with healthcare. 


The prosecution takes embezzlement very seriously, and you can face not only Federal charges but state charges as well. 

Federal embezzlement crime penalties if convicted:

  • Embezzlement by bank officer or employee: Can lead to fines up to $1 million and up to 30 years in prison. If the amount embezzled was fewer than $1,000 the person should only be fined or imprisoned less than one year. 
  • Embezzlement from employee benefit plan: Person may face fines and up to 5 years in federal prison.  
  • Embezzlement from employment and training funds: Person may face fines and up to 2 years in prison.
  • Embezzlement in connection with health care: Person can be fined and face up to 10 years in federal prison.

An Embezzlement crime can also become a federal crime if any government agency is involved. An embezzlement charge can also be a Florida state crime, and can involve non-public officials such as employees stealing (embezzling) from their employer. 

Judges consider the amount of money embezzled, the time period it occurred, the financial harm to the victim, and if the defendant has prior embezzlement charges when they consider the type of consequence someone should face. 

If you are found guilty of embezzlement in the state of Florida the above will be taken into consideration and you can face the following consequences: 

  • Second-Degree Misdemeanor if property was less than $100 & is punishable up to 60 days in jail and/or a fine of $500
  • First-Degree misdemeanor if the property taken is worth $300 or more but less than $20,000. Punishable up to 60 days in jail and/or a fine of $500. 
  • Third-Degree Felony if property taken is with $100 or more but less than $300 is punishable up to 5 years in prison and/or a fine of $5,000.
  • Second-Degree Felony if property is $20,000 or above but less than $100,000 is punishable up to 15 years in prison and/or $10,000 fine.
  • First-Degree Felony if the property taken is worth $100,000 or more. Punishable up 30 years in prison and/or a fine of $10,000. 


Embezzlement cases are very difficult based on how complex the case is. Complicated financial questions may rise and it can be hard to decipher documents and ledgers. 

This is just one of the reasons why it is important to have an experienced federal defense team that not only protects your rights but also creates a personalized defense approach. We use a special defense strategy catered to each case and individual. 

Free Federal Embezzlement Defense Strategy Session in South Florida  

We handle Federal Embezzlement cases and allegations of all types. We know how to protect your rights and provide you with a personalized and aggressive defense to your federal charges.

We take the time to listen to your full story, learn all the details, and in our first meeting we let you know how we would fight for you to protect your rights and your future from embezzlement charges. 

We offer FREE strategy sessions so you know how we’ll work to get the best possible result on your case for you. Give us a call to discuss your case with an expert South Florida federal embezzlement lawyer.


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